Architecture Engineering Tools, a quantified multidimensional approach to IT architecture and design (2 day course)

Wednesday 31 October and Thursday 1 November 2012

9.00am - 5.00pm

BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps

Free of charge and open to all (BCS and non-BCS members)

Tom Gilb

Applications for places are to be sent directly to Soheir Ghallab

Please specify:

1. Why interested
2. Employment status
3. Which course(s)

This is primarily for people not in permanent employment, or underemployed contractors. Some exceptions can be made for eager candidates.


Most IT design and IT Architecture is currently based on non-engineering paradigms. There is almost total absence of quantified requirements for performance, qualities and costs, as a design basis. There is as good as no practice of estimation and measurement of the multiple impacts of a design or architecture on these requirements. In short, design is practiced in an intuitive manner. Nice words but no justification or responsibility. This is highly unprofessional and is damaging to our community. This course will expose, and make freely available,  the set of tools necessary to practicing real IT Design/Architecture Engineeering.


  • Overview Lecture: "Real Architecture"
  • Quantified Architecture Requirements as Primary Design Drivers:
  • Planguage as a basic open source language for architecture modeling and communication.
  • Specification Quality Control: Numeric evaluation of requirements and design specifications.
  • Design (Architecture) Specification: Advanced levels of detail as prerequisite for evaluation
  • Design Impact Estimation: on multiple design drivers of quality and cost.
  • Evo: Getting early and continuous feedback on design attributes
  • Dynamic Design to Cost: how to meet performance and quality targets within budgets and deadlines by dynamic learning and adjustment

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